As one of our majors at Illinois Wesleyan, you'll work closely with faculty who are
inspired by your unique curiosity and interests. Our students enjoy the opportunity
for hands-on laboratory research experience with faculty mentors.
All students intending to major in chemistry should consult with the department chair
or their academic advisor. Provided that Chemistry 201 and 202 (General chemistry
I and II) have been taken in one of the first two years, a student may elect to major in chemistry/biochemistry as late as the end of the sophomore year. Students electing to minor in chemistry/biochemistry can often decide to do so as late as their senior year. A complete list of chemistry courses and descriptions is available.
Biochemistry offers understanding of the living world from the molecular level. With a common
set of courses in the chemistry and biology departments, the biochemistry major also
offers enough flexibility to focus on specific areas of interest – and the benefit
of studying science in the context of a well-rounded, broad-based education.
Putting Your Learning into Practice
Superior facilities and equipment plus practical opportunities are part of the Illinois Wesleyan chemistry program.
All of our equipment is for hands-on student use. The majority of our majors pursue
an independent research project on our campus, collaborating closely withal faculty
member. Our students often have paid summer research positions at IWU or internships
at national laboratories like Argonne, at large university research centers like the
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and in pharmaceuticals companies such as Pfizer
Your Professional Future
Graduates of our chemistry program pursue a number of exciting careers. Our alumni include university professors, high
school teachers, research chemists in the chemical industry, physicians and chemical
patent lawyers. Whatever professional course you take, the education you receive at
Illinois Wesleyan will prepare you to make an important contribution to the diverse
and challenging field of chemistry.
The size of Illinois Wesleyan's Chemistry Department is one of its big advantages.
Because we're relatively small, our students have the opportunity to work individually
with faculty members. Because our students have the ability to talk in detail about
the research they've done as undergraduates, they have a distinct edge when seeking admission to graduate schools or positions
with industrial research firms.
Pre-Professional Science at IWU
As is the case in most universities, at Illinois Wesleyan you cannot major in pre-medicine,
pre-dental, pre-veterinary medicine or pre-engineering. You should major in the field
that you are the most interested in, being certain to complete the courses required
by the particular pre-professional programs. For example, pre-health students will
need two laboratory classes each in general biology, general physics, general chemistry
and organic chemistry. Several successful pre medical students have majored in chemistry
and participated in significant research within the department. To better help our students interested in pursuing professional programs we have a dedicated pre-health advisor who can offer guidance and resources so students can learn about a range of career
paths and are knowledgeable about creating a competitive application.
There are several ways to enter into the field of engineering with a chemistry undergraduate
degree. We offer many pathways to earn bachelor of engineering, for example our dual
degree program. Another path is to obtain a Masters in Chemical Engineering in a short
time as 1.5 years after graduation with a chemistry degree with us. For further information,
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Courses are offered by the department to meet the needs of those majoring in chemistry
or allied sciences by rigorous training in the principles and applications of modern
chemistry. The department also aims to meet the needs of general education students
who wish to learn and appreciate the atomic-molecular concept of matter as a background
for understanding the scientific issues of importance to all in the modern world.
The department of chemistry is accredited by the American Chemical Society as offering
a program of study which will lead to individual certification, upon graduation, by
that society. Such a course of study will equip the chemistry major to (1) meet the
entrance requirements for further studying chemistry graduate programs or medical
or dental schools; or (2) enter governmental or industrial laboratories as a chemist.
A major in chemistry can also lead to a wide variety of other occupations ranging
from forensic laboratory science to chemical patent law to business management or
Chemistry minor and Biochemistry minor